Hart & Usagi #85: 3 Crude Dudes

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On episode 85 of the Hart & Usagi Podcast we welcome back Dan to the show and chat about a variety of topics like the resurgence of using video games as a scapegoat, anticipating the soon to be released Burnout Paradise remaster, Demon’s Souls fans efforts to keep the game alive, and more.

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TOPICS:
* President Trump’s Video Games Meeting Included A Violent Game Montage
* The NRA Has a Long History of Scapegoating Violent Video Games
* All the Times Video Games Have Been Linked to Violence
* Trump Raises Issue Of Video Game And Movie Violence, Suggests Ratings Board Is Needed
* Kentucky Governor Suggests Violent Video Games Are Responsible for Mass Shootings
* Demon’s Souls Fans Are Already Testing Private Servers, Here’s How to Join Them
* Free PS3 And PS Vita Games Not Included In PS Plus From 2019
* ESRB Takes Action on Loot Boxes by Creating New Label
* Konami Is Charging Real Money For ‘Metal Gear Survive’ Save Slots
* Burnout Paradise Remastered Microtransaction Listing Is A Mistake, Says EA
* Street Fighter 5’s New DLC Character Release Date Confirmed, See Blanka In Action
* Switch overtakes Wii U lifetime sales as Super Mario Odyssey hits 9 million units sold
* Battlefront II Misses Sales Expectations, Microtransactions Will Return ‘In The Next Few Month’

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Merry Winter Solstice

Unlike in 2014 when I had been given lots of movies on Blu-ray for Xmas, this year it was mostly video games. The similarity between this year and that year is they’re all from my wish list. Upon thinking about it, I’m surprised all the games are from this last calendar year. I’m ready to load my BFG to take down the demonic mafia all the while raiding more tombs. Praise the sun!

Selma
Zootopia
Mafia III
Doom (2016)
Dark Souls III
Rise of the Tomb Raider

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Video Game Deals

Hi, there folks. I’ve new purchases to speak of and movies I’ve since watched in the last week.

The Hunt for Red October is a thriller of a film with Sean Connery as a defecting Russian sub captain. It’s probably the only time I really liked a Tom Clancy book come to the silver screen. The next, as voted on by my followers via Twitter, was The Deer Hunter. Sadly, I didn’t get more than an hour into this one. It just didn’t hold my attention and, at the length of three hours, I felt it was too long so I moved onto the next vote. This one was Ghost from 1990. Regardless of the main stars on the poster, Whoopi Goldberg’s character interacting with the ghost of Patrick Swayze’s character is played seriously, but ends up fairly goofy. It was hilarious to watch.

The next two films to vote on are Zoolander (2001) and Sicario (2015). You can vote in the comments section below, if you wish.

Onto video game purchases:

A controller I had seen from Capcom was advertised back in the ’90s with the Super Nintendo and Genesis port of Super Street Fighter II. It’s called the Capcom Pad Soldier. Its design is quite odd. After remembering it all these years later, I wanted to try it out so I purchased a used one from eStarland. The buttons are at an odd angle for use of your thumb, though it’s doable. It’s at that angle to suggest the use of your fingers instead. It’s quite the unique experience that I can see using on a SNES, but Sega’s 6-button controller on the Genesis is more than adequate.

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Usagi704 on Twitter said:

“I just told @hartknight #Yakuza5 is 40% off and he immediately rushes back where he came from to make the purchase! heh”

This is true and exactly what I did. As soon as he told me about the sale on Yakuza 5 I was like “Oooohhhhhh!,” turned around, and took advantage on said PSN offer.

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Also, speaking of offers I took advantage of, I had major discounts available to me at the nearby Meijer. I took them up on a $30 off Assassin’s Creed Syndicate digital coupon, 20% off GM employee coupon, and the regular 10% employee discount. This got me three PlayStation 4 titles: Batman: Arkham Knight, Bloodborne, and the previously mentioned AC game.

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I’m sure it won’t be difficult to find co-op buddies for Bloodborne in the future once I’m ready to Game On once again.

Hart & Usagi #72: TMNT Goes Platinum

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In this new episode of the Hart & Usagi Podcast we talk about PlayStation 2 emulation on PlayStation 4, the ghastly phrase “Blast Processing”, YouTube’s Fair Use protections, and a Black Friday rant among other topics.

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NEWS:
* YouTube Launching Stronger Fair Use Protection Measures
* PS2 Emulation Confirmed For PS4
* The Man Responsible For Sega’s Blast Processing Gimmick Is Sorry For Creating “That Ghastly Phrase”
* Dark Souls 3 Interview: “It Wouldn’t Be Right to Continue Creating Souls”
* You can fight Majima anywhere in the world in the Yakuza remake
* New Onimusha Trademark Registered By Capcom
* Report: New Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Game Leaked, Bayonetta 2 Studio Developing

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Now Playing: October 2015

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I hope you’re enjoying the Halloween season like I am. To recap my Halloween Gaming Event, I played and finished Demon’s Souls. I’ve also been playing through Evil Dead: Regeneration on the PlayStation 2.

Out of the total of ten levels in Evil Dead: Regeneration, I’ve completed seven of them so far. Despite the Halloween season has come to a conclusion for this year, I will be seeing this game to the end. About halfway through the game you get a harpoon and rocket launcher in place of the classic chainsaw and they’ve made combat quite entertaining. Ash’s sidekick, Sam, can be killed as many times as necessary and it’s usually with hilarious results.

While Evil Dead: Regeneration will never be on anyone’s best games list. It certainly isn’t going to be on the worst of list either. I guess that’s high praise enough.

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HART & USAGI PODCAST #70 – October 7th 2015 (@HartandUsagi)
Matt and Mike chat Edge’s top 100 video games list, Nintendo and Fair Use, the original PlayStation, etc.
https://hartarchive.wordpress.com/2015/10/07/hart-usagi-70-feel-the-electricity/

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SPACE SUPLEX #23 – October 12th 2015 (@SpaceSuplex)
Anthony and Matt chat Night of Champions 2015, Live from MSG special, and more.
https://hartarchive.wordpress.com/2015/10/12/space-suplex-23-forgotten-gravity/

Halloween Event Odds and Ends

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Time for a update to my Halloween Gaming Event of 2015.

It has been going quite well. Thanks to the co-op help from JiibayDan and Usagi704, I was able to complete my third playthrough of Demon’s Souls in just over 14 hours. I’m going to play a bit more on a continuation of the same character I have. I still have yet to get the Mausoleum Key from Ostrava as I had mentioned previously that I’d like to do. This time I will make it my first priority.

Completing Demon’s Souls gives me my 16th game finished this year. It’s the lowest amount by mid-October I’ve ever had. I had 16 games beat by March 2014, May 2013, April 2012, and June 2011 in those specific years.

By the middle of October I had finished as many as list that follows:

2014: 35
2013: 23
2012: 40
2011: 29

If there’s any October left I’ll probably choose another game to finish up Halloween 2015.

In other news, I made an appearance on the first episode of Checkpoint with @ebbderelict. We chatted about recent movies watched, what we call the “fake Konami ban,” and PC Gamer’s 100 top games list.

And finally I purchased the 1994 film True Lies. You’ll notice I got it on DVD and not Blu-ray. Sadly, there’s still no release planned for Blu-ray. This version is from 1999 which means there isn’t a newer version. It’s very strange to have such a blockbuster movie be literally ignored for the last 15 years.

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HART & USAGI PODCAST #70 – October 7th 2015 (@HartandUsagi)
Matt and Mike chat Edge’s top 100 video games list, Nintendo and Fair Use, the original PlayStation, etc.
https://hartarchive.wordpress.com/2015/10/07/hart-usagi-70-feel-the-electricity/

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SPACE SUPLEX #23 – October 12th 2015 (@SpaceSuplex)
Anthony and Matt chat Night of Champions 2015, Live from MSG special, and more.
https://hartarchive.wordpress.com/2015/10/12/space-suplex-23-forgotten-gravity/

Halloween Gaming 2015: Demon’s Souls Co-op

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For this year’s 6th Annual Halloween Gaming Event I’ll be playing co-op Demon’s Souls. I made it a solo adventure when I first played it in 2011, but getting back into it has required help. I’m still using my original character who is now up to Soul Level 166. This is my third playthrough of the game with a total time of 110 hours and 39 minutes.

Some new goals have been realized. I never did much with miracles previously and decided to go after getting the Second Chance miracle. It required the boss soul of the Old Hero in 4-2. I died more times than I’d like to admit, but with the help of Usagi704 and JiibayDan, we made it through after several tries.

Eventually we also faced off against Penetrator in 1-3. In this battle I was trying to evade all while trying to heal, gain magic points back, and casting Homing Soul Arrow. This was fairly difficult after both of my co-op buddies were killed off. I was able to make up for the many times I died getting to or fighting Old Hero by knocking this boss out in one visit. It’s amazing how easy Penetrator becomes if you simply have the NPC Biorr to help out. He’s a must to have fighting at your side if you’re playing Demon’s Souls for the first time.

My next goal is to get the Mausoleum Key from Ostrava to be able to fight Old King Doran and get the Demonbrandt plus my first new PSN trophy for this game since 2011. Wish me luck!